Risks, pain, care and costs: Here is all the important information you should know about the Medusa piercing. The Medusa piercing is a piercing in the area of the lips. More precisely, this piercing sits on the philtrum, the small notch between the upper lip and nose. By the way, all piercings in the area of the lip are called labret piercings. In addition to the Medusa, the Monroe or Madonna piercing, which sits on the right or left of the upper lip, and the classic labret piercing below the lower lip are also among the labret piercings.
Important in advance: Like all other lip piercings and piercings in general, the Medusa piercing should only be done in a professional piercing studio. Non-professional piercing could lead to severe inflammation. In addition, a very precise piercing is required, especially with the Medusa, as it should sit exactly in the middle of the skin groove.
Medusa piercing: This is how the upper lip piercing is pierced
Before the actual piercing begins, the piercing site is first thoroughly disinfected and the entry and exit points are marked with a pen. Then the upper lip is fixed with a clamp and slightly lifted. Now the puncture site on the upper lip is pierced with a special needle. Right after the prick, the upper lip can swell, throb and feel hot. In some cases, the lip or even the gums turn a little blue in the first few days. However, these symptoms should go away after a few days.
Medusa piercing: how painful is the piercing?
The Medusa piercing is only pierced through the skin and not through cartilage tissue, as is the case with many ear piercings (such as the tragus or conch ), but it is still one of the more painful piercings. The reason: a particularly large number of nerves run along the philtrum, i.e. the point where the medusa’s puncture point is located.
How big the pain is in the end depends of course on how you feel.
Getting a Medusa piercing: these are the risks
Like other piercings, the Medusa carries some risks. If you often get stuck with the piercing on clothing and Co. or if you do not care for it regularly, pain and inflammation can occur. In the case of severe inflammation, it is not uncommon for a permanent scar to remain on the upper lip. In addition to inflammation, it can also happen that the piercing jewelry grows together with the oral mucosa. Therefore the piercing should be turned carefully from time to time. In addition, the piercing can interfere with eating, especially at the beginning.
The greatest danger, however, is that the Medusa piercing (similar to the lip frenulum piercing ) can damage the gums or tooth enamel. Because the piercing exerts permanent pressure and friction on the gums. In order to avoid damage, piercing jewelry made of soft plastic should be chosen.
How expensive is a Medusa piercing?
How much you have to pay for a Medusa piercing cannot be answered in general. The prices usually vary from piercing studio to piercing studio and from region to region.
As a rule, you should expect around 40 to 70 euros for the lip piercing. In addition to the piercing, the initial jewelry and piercing care are usually included in the price. It is best to find out in advance at the piercing studio of your choice what costs will be incurred.
Medusa piercing: Everything about healing and proper care
The piercing on the upper lip should be completely healed after four to eight weeks. So that the piercing does not become infected and heal quickly and easily, you should definitely take care of the correct care after the piercing. Important: Since the Medusa is partly an external piercing and partly an oral piercing, it must be cared for from the outside as well as from the inside.
Medusa piercing: this jewelry is there
Once the Medusa piercing has healed completely, you can have your piercer replace the initial jewelry with other jewelry. A labret stick is particularly suitable for this lip piercing. Such a rod has a small plate at one end and a thread at the other end onto which a small ball can be screwed. The rod of the piercing is usually 1.2 mm thick and 8-10 mm long. A labret stick made of Bioflex (PTFE) is also recommended. The material is particularly skin-friendly, while piercings containing nickel made from surgical stainless steel can often trigger allergies or inflammation and damage teeth.
Piercing rings, horseshoes or segment clickers are generally not recommended for the Medusa. These can attack teeth and gums and should therefore not be worn for more than a few days.